Financing business

SME confidence knocked in third quarter

Falling domestic and export orders and contracting production levels for SMEs in the three months to October knocked business confidence in the UK, a report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found.

Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to receive support programme

Entrepreneurs and start-ups in Northern Ireland are to receive a new support programme to get their business ideas off the ground; Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster has announced.

Outlook for consumer lending picks up, but not for businesses

Consumer lending increased by £1.2 billion in September to a four year high, latest figures from the Bank of England (BoE) show.

SMEs face rising business costs

The majority of small businesses in the UK (95 per cent) have seen a rise in business costs over the past year, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

Record number of Scottish SMEs benefit from reduced rate scheme

Around 89,087 Scottish businesses have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) in the past year, Government data has revealed.

Supply Chain Finance to support business finance and cash-flow

The UK's largest businesses could soon be supporting small and medium sized enterprises through a new Supply Chain Finance scheme.

Regional Growth Fund dishes out third round

The Regional Growth Fund has selected 130 projects for its third round of funding, worth £1 billion.

Funding for Lending Scheme crawls towards target

Five of the UK's six largest lenders have joined the Bank of England's (BoE's) Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) designed to increase lending to households and businesses.

Business bank: Further details unveiled

Business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled further plans for a £1 billion Government-backed business bank to help small and medium sized businesses access finance.

Start-Up Loan scheme to help launch 30,000 young entrepreneurs

A new Government start-up scheme is set to launch up to 30,000 young entrepreneurs towards starting their own companies.

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